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Business Improvement District (BID) for the town centre
15 October 2019
The Town Centre Partnership (TCP) is leading the way in bringing a Business Improvement District (BID) to the town centre, supported by Crawley Borough Council.
The development of a Town Centre BID was first set out in the Council’s Town Centre Regeneration Programme which was delivered in partnership with the TCP, adopted in December 2015, refreshed then agreed by Cabinet in November 2017 and at their recent meeting on 25 September.
At the meeting, Cabinet agreed recommendations to administer the postal ballot to businesses within the proposed BID area, vote in favour of the creation of the BID, and if the BID ballot is successful, maintain responsibility for the collection of the levy.
The Crawley Town Centre Partnership was established to improve the town centre environment by working with a range of businesses to develop solutions to issues as they arise and strive for continuous improvement whilst seeking opportunities to raise the profile and image of the town centre.
A BID offers an opportunity for local businesses to work together to improve their environments, deciding how to manage and deliver those improvements and what it will cost them. This all goes into a business plan which is voted on by all those who would have to pay. The BID can last for up to five years and must be able to demonstrate how it has benefited businesses who have funded it.
Crawley is already home to the successful Manor Royal BID, which has seen the business district thrive since its inception in 2013.
Businesses in the levy area will vote on whether or not to establish a BID from next Friday (18 October) until 14 November.
Crawley town centre is home to more than 420 businesses. Its mix of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, offices, professional services, leisure and community uses provide a range of full and part-time employment and attracts more than 200,000 visitors a week. If successful, the town centre BID will empower local businesses to work collectively to continue transforming the town centre to meet the demands of consumers.
Councillor Peter Smith
Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development
I am delighted that we have got to the vote stage of the BID process. The objectives of the BID are focused upon the clear issues highlighted by the town centre businesses as important to them. The BID should deliver circa £2.5m of targeted funding into the town centre over its 5 year term. In the challenging environment facing town centres the BID can, in our opinion, play a significant role in the future success of Crawley town centre.
Chairman of the Town Centre Partnership and BID
Having been involved in other Town Centre BIDs and seen how they enhance both the look and experience of working and shopping in those towns, I am excited by the opportunity that this brings. The BID is a focused organisation run by its members, representing the interests of its members. This will be an enabler for action on areas that are critical for the future of Crawley as a go to destination.
Local Director at Metrobank